Lebohang Maboe (centre) celebrates after scoring against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-final. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

  • DURBAN  Maritzburg United midfield ace Lebohang Maboe wants to sweep away the tears of losing the Nedbank Cup final against Free State Stars by lifting the MTN8 trophy.

The Team of Choice fell short in their pursuit of landing their maiden title as they succumbed 1-0 to Free State Stars last weekend at Cape Town Stadium.

United will face Cape Town City at Harry Gwala Stadium in the quarter-final of the MTN8. This after they finished fourth on the log.

Maboe wants to bounce back with the MTN8.

“Now we know the feeling of reaching the semi-finals. We also know what it’s like to be in the final. Next season we will have a better idea on each and every stage of the competition. We will be gunning for the MTN8 coming next season,” Maboe said with huge anticipation.

Maboe and his troops enjoyed the best season in the club’s history. They reached the semi-finals of the MTN8 and were the runners-up in the Nedbank Cup.

They capped that with a fourth position on the log.

“We worked so hard but we got nothing to show for it. It is not a good feeling.

“I’m sure that is not what we want come next season. We don’t want the same feeling again,” Maboe said.

The midfield dynamo has been one of the shinning stars for the Team of Choice this season. It is not a surprise that he has been nominated for the two PSL gongs.

“I’m backing myself to win one of the awards that I’ve been nominated for. Myself and Siphesihle Ndlovu both deserve to win the award. We’ve been united as a team. We have fought for each other the whole season. Hard work has been key for my success.”

Maboe has been nominated for the Nedbank Player of the Tournament and the Most Promising Player in the Nedbank Cup.

He will compete with his teammate, Andrea Fileccia, and Thela Ngobeni of Free State Stars in the Nedbank Player of the Tournament while he will battle it out with his midfield partner Ndlovu and Free State Stars’ Nyiko Mobbie in the Most Promising Player of the Tournament category.


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